BEER TIME!

Surly Over Rated!

Surly Brewing Company, Brooklyn Center, MN

American IPA - 7.90% ABV

God, I love Surly so much. They make great beer. Simple as that.

What The Hell Did I Just Read? - Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but tastes a bit old 4 months later.

Someone from California on beeradvocate.com

Surly was the first craft beer I bought from a can. I’ve grown fond of pouring any beer into a glass instead of drinking right out of the can or the bottle so Surly has molded me into that habit. 

Random Start: Josh Ritter - Man Burning

I love the extra dosage of Josh Ritter in my random start lately. Look at that hair too. What a glorious morning. 

Random Start: Mastodon - Bladecatcher

What in the world is going on at the 30 second mark? I feel possessed.

Random Start: Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

This song is alright. This video is not. 

There’s a lot going on here. Elton John’s fur coat that compliments his back-neck hair and chest hair popping through his collar. The opening scene with the phallic piano angle. It involves close ups of Elton’s face for extended periods of time. Then there’s a brief double-iris shot where two new Elton faces appear and sing harmonies with Elton in a different coat jacket and what looks like Adidas athletic pants. 

The 70’s man. 

Random Start: Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me

Miss this lady. And I haven’t even listened to her all that much. It’s time to push her up on those playlists. 

Transition!

Transition is a weekly post about a playlist of new albums I’m listening to. I sit down with each album daily until the week is up. Then it’s time for a new playlist! I’m creating an archive of albums on my Spotify until I die or I go deaf. You can find me in the Spotisphere at vheissu15.

Current Lineup

Ryan Adams - s/t

It’s hard to believe he’ll follow up an album like Ashes & Fire and after hearing a couple songs prior to a sit down with the whole album, this sounds a little more like dad rock than I want it to. It’s Ryan freaking Adams though. If it’s dad rock he wants to play, then I’ll listen to it and probably enjoy it. He’ll always be one of the greatest concert experiences of my life.

Spoon - They Want My Soul

Britt Daniel’s voice though.

Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Love these guys. Love that they love to play music and have a good time. It channels through and gets me to have a good time. Here’s their newest music video of them getting silly.

FARGO REPRESENT!

Past Lineup

'68 - In Humor and Sadness

My mom walked by once while this was blaring and I got a “seriously, Brian”? I liked old Norma Jean and the Chariot in my youth but this is Josh Scogan’s best stuff yet. 

Rise Against - The Black Market

Rise Against is the catchiest punk-reformed-into-alternative-rock band there is.

Beck - Morning Phase

Holy cow, this was not expected. It’s your typical morning phase when you wake up early enough to see the sun rise and you’re still trying to remember the dream you just had. It’s lethargic yet entrancing. I don’t know Beck well but I know this is going to be one of my favorites of the year. 

Random Start: Okkervil River - Starry Stairs

Flashback to last Halloween last year, I dressed as a pathetic Vikings fan and scared Will Sheff away from sitting with my friends and I at the bar. You win some, you lose some guys. And the Vikings and I lost a lot last year.

They played in Fargo on Halloween last year so I’ll consider that a win. They were incredible but Chef didn’t come prepared for Halloween so he had a makeshift, futuristic outfit that didn’t make any sense. Two of the band members dressed up as cops with short shorts if I recall correctly so that made up for everything. It also marks the first time my buddy and I went to a show together since he got back from the Navy. Forever the best Halloween of my life. 

Random Start: Josh Ritter - To The Dogs Or Whoever

I actually had a demo of Michelle pop up but since that’s a particularly rare demo off the “Historical Conquest of Josh Ritter” (sound familiar?) vinyl, it’s not on the internet anywhere. So I decided to post Ritter and co. going crazy on Letterman. It’s performances like these that makes Josh Ritter my favorite performer. 

BEER TIME!

Squatters Outer Darkness

Utah Brewers Coooperative, Salt Lake City, Utah

Russian Imperial Stout - 10.5% ABV

The scary demon eyes entranced me into a purchase. Plus it was on sale.

What The Hell Did I Just Read? Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice cocoa and char qualities all around.

Some dude from California on Beer Advocate

This is only my second beer from Squatters and I wasn’t a big fan of the first one (I believe it was the Full Suspension IPA) so if it wasn’t for the sale, I probably would’ve avoided another Squatters beer for awhile. Luckily, this stout turned out to be excellent and I’m not waiting out on trying more from these guys. 

BEER TIME!

Choklat - Blackwater Series

Southern Tier - Lakewood, NY

Imperial Stout - 10% ABV

Holy crap, I just drank chocolate milk with a shit ton of alcohol in it (10%… how?!)

What The Hell Did I Just Read? Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt

Darkest chocolate brown with garnet glimmerings at the bottom edge of the glass. Not a black hole. An attractive chunk of golden beige colored foam sits atop the beer. It looks like a thick and creamy coffee milkshake as it melts, leaving a fine sheet of tattered and torn lace as it does so. This is a gorgeous stout.

Some guy from Iowa on BeerAdvocate

Who needs to pull out beer jargon when all you have to say is THIS IS A CHOCOLATE MILK BEER AND IT’S DELICIOUS.